Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter response to BEIS Consultation on the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme. We have 6 main concerns: (1) To take FiTs away at a time when Government is trying to work out how to have a customer focused energy system and to achieve meaningful consent from people, who will have to pay for the energy transformation and undertake new behaviours is short-sighted in the extreme. (2) The FiT has been a force for innovation. Closing the FiT reflects a lack of coordination and a lack of whole system thinking by Government and Ofgem which is to the detriment of the people. (3) For the UK to get rid of the FiT without any proper analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) value shows the poor, narrow decision-making currently being taken in Ofgem and BEIS. (4) The lack of a policy to replace this scheme for small-scale distributed generation (DG), in particular domestic solar, is troubling. (5) The Impact Assessment cost of keeping the policy going is derisory at £1 per domestic customer a year given the benefits it provides in terms of innovation. (6) Finally, the closure of the FiT does not fit with the stated strategic goals of the Industrial Strategy, the Clean Growth Plan or the Smart and Flexible Plan.
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